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Connecting Health Services With Affordable Housing

Housing assistance programs in the United States are falling far short of meeting a growing demand for aid in the years following the recession. Often, lacking access to other services, low-income people will seek out costly emergency room care for chronic conditions. A report from the Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) on the […]

What If… addressing food insecurity two generations at a time

For many of us, summer conjures images of time spent with family and friends, barbeques, and picnics in the park. Unfortunately, in nearly 20% of households with children under the age of 6, food is not something taken for granted. Food insecurity or the inability of households to afford enough food for all members is […]

Affordable housing is one key to better outcomes in school

Can high housing costs lead to poor school performance? Researchers from a variety of fields believe they’ve found a connection. Children who live in households without adequate and affordable housing or who experience frequent moves consistently perform poorly in school when compared to their peers. These are community problems: In the short-term, taxpayers pay a price through […]

Take these fruits and vegetables and call me in the morning

Many medical programs are now actively linking food to its critical role in everyday health. Doctor Deborah Frank, director of the Grow Clinic for Children at Boston Medical Center, rattles off a list of nutrition-sensitive disorders, including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease, under- and overweight problems, thin bones, and more. “Being undernourished is bad […]

Affordable housing conference set for Friday

Area affordable housing leaders say they hope a daylong conference this week will lead to solutions for local affordable housing struggles. Sally Scott, the founder of the Johnson County Affordable Homes Coalition, the group that organized the conference, said the conference, Affordable Housing a Win/Win For All, will bring together local, regional and national city planners and […]

HCMC Doctors and Volunteers Help with Summer Harvest for Kids

Bags of food are getting prepped and ready to go for families in need. It’s all part of the Summer Harvest for Food Campaign. KSTP spent time at Hennepin County Medical Center to find out how doctors and volunteers are making a difference for patients. “Food is medicine.” Dr. Diana Cutts said it’s one of […]

Good nutrition is both sound economic policy and effective preventive medicine: Guest viewpoint

Hunger is a health issue. Children’s HealthWatch has interviewed parents of nearly 16,000 infants, toddlers, and preschoolers seeking care at Boston Medical Center. In 2015 alone, they found that 32.2% of BMC families – nearly twice the national average – are “food insecure”, meaning they struggle to afford enough food throughout the month. People who […]